So you’ve got it going, huh?
You have speaking engagements here and there, and you’re standing in front of crowds much more than you’re used to.
People are hearing about you, and you’re earning quite a good reputation for yourself.
So you decide to take a short break from all the gigs.
Just a short hiatus won’t kill your motivation, right?
Progressively, your hiatus extends.
You brush it off and think about your past accomplishments.
Besides, it’s not like everyone else will forget about you in an instant.
So weeks and months pass by without you doing any single gig, and you don’t exert any effort in seeking one.
One fine day, you were invited by a family member to speak at one of their conferences.
Boasting a rich experience, you say yes with a slight sense of arrogance.
You rely solely on your past experience until the day of the conference.
After stepping up on that stage, it finally clicked.
You’ve lost it.
Okay, maybe not all of it, but you’re not as great as you thought you once was.
You came in unprepared so you had a few stutters, and you felt absolutely grilled in the question and answer portion.
Your relative could only ask, “What happened to you?”
And you can only stand there quietly wondering the same thing.
I wondered the same thing too, after shying away from the crowd due to complacency.
It could be considered as a form of procrastination because instead of seeking out speaking opportunities, I was delaying it for later.
Until I chose to spoke again did it hit me that my skills were not as polished as it was if I stopped practicing.
This wasn’t the only area where I’ve lost momentum, though.
Even my fitness lifestyle suffered because I was overweight.
It was like a domino effect after taking an extended break in one area of my life.
That’s what happens when we procrastinate, then it suddenly clicks that we’ve lost so much valuable time that could have been used to improve our skills.
Which is why we have to build momentum!
Motivation doesn’t last every day.
It’s almost like food, that if we don’t feed ourselves with it, we’ll lose energy and go back to our old ways.
Here are ways on how you can build momentum:
1. Continuously Set Goals.
The problem with most goal setters is that they stop after achieving it.
If you want to do 50 speaking engagements this year, then don’t stop there!
As you come closer to your 50th speaking engagement, what are your plans for the next year?
Maybe 100 this time?
Or 75, plus aim to be interviewed by VIPs!
Whatever it is, you have to continuously set goals and never stop.
But, part of your plan should be to take breaks so you don’t overwork yourself.
There is a Japanese philosophy called Kaizen which means continuous improvement.
To build momentum, you have to always have something to improve and look forward to.
That is the opposite of complacency.
Complacency says, “Yeah, I have enough speaking engagements this year, I’ll turn down this spontaneous one I was invited to because I’ve only set five this month.”
Kaizen says, “I can still do three more presentations this month. I’ll go for it.”
2. Be Patient.
Building the life of your dreams take time.
You have to learn to enjoy the journey and not only the destination.
You’ve probably heard it countless of times before, but life is a journey.
In the speaking industry, your initial incompetence, nervousness, and stuttering are part of the journey.
Your accomplishments will have more value if you applied the work needed to get there.
How many times have you placed more value to something given to you versus something you sacrificed time and effort for?
Very few, right?
Also, in the pathway to success, there are many distractions to keep you off-course.
You may decide to stick with business topics at first, and then switch to something else.
Not long after, you’re juggling so many things at once because you get so impatient waiting for the success of one thing, you decide to pursue another.
This is also a form of laziness that affects momentum because it takes focus to succeed.
It takes a huge amount of energy to get something started.
You might ask, “What about those people who have multiple things going on at the same time and they’re successful?”
They started with one thing FIRST.
When they’ve mastered it, or get it off the ground and have built a system around it that requires minimal supervision, that’s when they decide to start something else.
So choose one topic first, and know everything there is to know about it.
Be an expert in one thing rather than do half-baked jobs somewhere else.
It takes time for momentum to be built so just keep going.
You know that all this risk and sacrifice will be worth it.
3. Document Your Progress.
Trust me, it feels good to know that you’re improving.
Even more when you look back at how far you’ve come.
So don’t be afraid to take pictures (when it’s appropriate), write on a journal, make a personal podcast, write it on your blog, etc.
I recommend you do this regularly so that looking at it will help motivate you to continuously improve.
When I was shedding some weight off, I made a private album on Facebook where I posted before and after pics.
It made me do more because I could see the fruits of my labor.
Take a lot of pictures while you can, because I lost so many opportunities for having beautiful pictures of my progress.
There were multiple times where I spoke but didn’t ask somebody or ask the photographer for the pictures.
I could still remember it, but wished that I didn’t solely rely on my memory regarding that moment.
Today, I make it a point to live in the moment but never forget to take at least a few pictures to remind me that every step of the way counts.
Starting is hard.
Completing the journey is difficult as well.
But if you have the discipline and commitment to go after what you desire, complacency will be the least of your worries.
So book that next speaking engagement, share your knowledge with others.
What matters is that you keep on going.
Let me hear your stories on how complacency hit you while accomplishing your speaking goals below! 🙂
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